Have you ever wondered why pound cake, one of the lightest cakes there is, is called a “pound cake?” Pound cake gets its name from the way it was made back in the 1700s. The original recipe called for one pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. It was easy to remember and it fed a lot of people. Over time, the recipe changed to make smaller cakes, but the ratios of ingredients remained the same. As time went on, however, people started adding ingredients, such as baking powder to make it lighter, orange zest for flavor, and even chocolate to make it decadent.
Pound cakes are usually baked in loaf pans, bundt pans, or sheet pans. Of course, we can make pound cakes without the butter or eggs. Check out The Green Monster Vegan Baking Guide and A Beginner’s Guide to Vegan Baking to learn how to substitute for dairy and eggs. If you need to bake gluten-free, that’s no problem – for you, we have The Ultimate Gluten-Free Vegan Baking Substitution Guide.
March 4th is National Pound Cake Day – celebrate by making your own pound cake, Bundt cake, or marble cake. Let your creativity flow and make it your own with your favorite flavors. To inspire you, here are 10 recipes for cakes that are easy, healthy, and delicious.
1. Mini Coconut Lime Pound Cakes with a Lime Glaze
You can have your pound cake and eat it, too, with these Mini Coconut Lime Pound Cakes with a Lime Glaze. The flavor of these dense, moist pound cakes is the perfect balance of sweet, citrus, and tropical. The sweet lime glaze adds a visually pleasing pattern as well as a pop of tart citrus flavor. Since they’re mini-sized, you don’t even have to share.
2. Mini Lemon Lavender Bundt Cakes
Lemon and lavender go together like peanut butter and jelly. These Mini Lemon Lavender Bundt Cakes are the perfect place for such a perfect combination. The cakes are so easy to make and they’re topped with a sweet lavender glaze. These cakes are so good, you may be tempted to eat two. That’s okay, they’re mini cakes.
3. Italian Cream Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Italian cream cake is traditionally built as a layer cake that’s stuffed full of nuts and coconut. This vegan Italian Cream Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting has a few variations. First, it’s made in a Bundt pan, which gives it its distinct shape. Then, it’s topped with a vegan cream cheese frosting that is rich, creamy, and decadent. Sometimes, it’s best to break traditions.
4. Poppy Seed Clementine Bundt Cake
This Poppy Seed Clementine Bundt Cake is a healthy and satisfying dessert. Poppy seeds and sweet clementine oranges come together for a delicious flavor and texture combination. Naturally sweetened with maple syrup, this is the perfect dessert to follow any meal.
5. Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
Cute, kitschy, old-fashioned Bundt pans take a perfectly tasty “normal” shaped cake and turn it into something fancy-pants like this Lemon Poppy Seed Cake. Lemon and poppy seeds are a match made in heaven and that’s made even better with the addition of blackberries. It’s topped with a luscious lemon glaze that is thick, rich, and looks so pretty oozing down the sides of the cake.
6. Monkey Bread
Monkey bread is a Bundt cake from the 1950s that’s like a giant, gooey, sticky-sweet cinnamon bun. In this Monkey Bread, aquafaba gives the cake a soft and addictive texture — you’ll really want to eat this cake with your hands. With the sweet icing glaze, you won’t be able to stop yourself from licking your fingers. Go ahead, we’re not looking.
7. Peanut Butter Chocolate Marble Cake
The perfect cake can be eaten any time – as a dessert, as a snack with a cup of tea or coffee, and even for breakfast. This Peanut Butter Chocolate Marble Cake is that perfect cake. The peanut butter gives this classic cake recipe a sweet and buttery flavor that everyone loves.
8. Chocolate Chai Marbled Cake
Not only is this Chocolate Chai Marbled Cake vegan, but it’s also gluten-free. This cake is made decadent with cocoa powder, and it’s fragrant from the warm chai spices. It’s pretty to look at, but you better look fast because this cake is going to disappear quickly. You had better take a picture first.
9. Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Bundt Cake
This Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Bundt Cake is packed with flavor and healthy goodness. Made with whole wheat flour and pumpkin purée, this cake is dense but so moist. The chai spices add warmth that you can feel all the way down to your tummy. Top with powdered sugar, whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a truly decadent dessert experience.
10. Healthy Banana Walnut Bundt Cake
The only thing better than having a delicious cake is having a cake you can feel good about. This Healthy Banana Walnut Bundt Cake is made with wholesome ingredients, fresh fruit, and has no added fat. It’s moist from bananas and almond milk, which also add natural sweetness. Healthy never tasted so good.
Whether you make a classic pound cake or add a twist to make bundt cake or marble cake, you’ll see that these delicious cakes are definitely a reason to celebrate.
Lead image source: Chocolate Chai Marbled Cake